After a dominating performance at the Carroll Early Bird Invitational, Leah Esposito and David Thor are your Saints of the Week.

Esposito and Thor received the awards after each won took first in the meet, Esposito by a large margin and Thor by just outpacing teammate Lyle Pocha.

Thor took first in the 6K race with a time of 19:20.27, just ahead of Pocha's 19:21.88. The 1-2 finish led the Saints to a slim victory over second-place team Spokane Community College.

There was a lot less drama in the women's race. Esposito came in nearly 14 second ahead of teammate and second-place finisher Samantha Mundel. The Saints swept the first five spots in the race to earn a perfect score of 15.

The first in-season edition of the NAIA Cross Country Poll was released this week, and the Saints are right in the mix. Both the men's and women's programs came in at No. 3 in the poll.

The preseason poll didn't include several strong teams, including women's No. 1 British Columbia. The Saints fell to No. 3 with the inclusion of UBC.

The Carroll men made the jump from No. 5 to No. 3 following a strong performance at their home meet. It is the highest rank in school history for the men.

Lewis-Clark, the only other Frontier school ranked, came in at No. 7 on the men's side and sixth in the women's poll.

The Saints continue the season today at the Montana State Invitational in Bozeman.

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Troy Shockley is on Twitter @IR_TroyShockley and can be reached at troy.shockley@helenair.com.


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